Sevier County energy assistance program receives grant

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – While many are loving the mild spring temperatures, for those who need help with their utility bills now is the time to start thinking about the hot and cold months.

Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority has more than $200,000 to help with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in Sevier County.

That money covers the costs of various utilities including electric, gas, wood and fuel-oils. Kim Paxton, the LIHEAP Director for Douglas Cherokee, said any surplus dollars will go to help five other counties they serve: Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson and Monroe counties.

Applications can be picked up at Douglas Cherokee’s neighborhood service center in Sevierville, 750 Old Knoxville Highway, or by calling a toll free number 866-631-4120.

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